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In recognition of four decades of landmark contributions in bringing together the world's condensed matter physics community, the support of young scientists, the creation of important international conferences, and international statesmanship in theoretical physics.
Yu's strong research program provided a platform for training young researchers from developing countries and led to the creation of ICTP programs for visitors, including a series of conferences and workshops. Returning to China, he founded and served as the Director of the Interdisciplinary CAS Center of Theoretical Studies (ICTS), to establish research in new disciplines that were not then active in China.
Yu Lu has played an essential role in organizing scientific activities in developing countries. He was one of the main organizers of the BCSPIN (Bangladesh-China-Sri Lanka-Pakistan-India-Nepal) schools on the frontiers of physics. The first school of this series was held in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1989 and the most recent was in Beijing in 2007. The respect and international recognition gained by the ICTS has played an important international role for China.
Since 2004 Yu Lu has organized five very successful international Colleges at ICTS and has brought many outstanding international scientists in close contact with scientists from China and the Asia-Pacific region. In 1997 Yu Lu and his colleagues initiated the Asia-Pacific Workshop on strongly correlated electron systems to promote regional collaboration. He also contributed significantly to the establishment of a condensed matter program in the Asian-Pacific Center of Theoretical Physics, Korea.